Health & Wellness Features
Opioids haunt users' recovery: 'It never really leaves you'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It's hard to say whether businessman Kyle Graves hit rock bottom when he shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit or when he broke into a safe to steal his father's cancer pain medicine....
White House: True cost of opioid epidemic
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars....
Warming to make thunderstorms larger and more frequent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Summer thunderstorms in North America will likely be larger, wetter and more frequent in a warmer world, dumping 80 percent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding, a new study says....
Hard to believe: Some consumers find free health insurance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumers are getting the word that taxpayer-subsidized health plans are widely available for next year for no monthly premium or little cost, and marketing companies say they're starting to see an impact on sign-ups....
Trans teen's war with his body started when he was just 10
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- Theo Ramos learned how to cut himself when he was in fifth grade, when his body seemed to revolt....
Station: Video shows nurses laughing as 89-year-old dies
ATLANTA (AP) -- Two nurses lost their licenses after a television station persuaded courts to unseal a video secretly recorded by the family of a man who died in their care....
EU nations to decide on moving 2 key agencies out of Britain
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union nations are making their last-moment pitches for who should get to host two key EU agencies that are due to leave Britain in 2019 because of Brexit....
Higher premiums for outpatient coverage for many on Medicare
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Higher monthly premiums for outpatient coverage await many Medicare beneficiaries next year, the government says. The additional expense will eat away at an increase in their Social Security checks....
Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance
BONN, Germany (AP) -- As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming....
Nevada wants to use untried execution drugs that pose risks
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- For Nevada's first execution in more than a decade, state officials are turning to a never-before-tried combination of drugs, including a powerful painkiller that is fueling much of the nation's opioid epidemic and a paralyzing drug that could mask any signs of trouble....
In a report by the state recovery coordinators, responsible for guiding the city governments financial comeback, is recommending Pittsburgh exit distressed status under state Act 47 designed to help struggling municipalities steady their finances. The guidance comes after Mayor Peduto's announcement that he would seek to remove the designation by early 2018. The report said "The city has strategies in place to address its primary legacy costs — employee pensions, retired employee health care and workers' compensation — while maintaining its workforce and increasing the necessary investment in Pittsburgh's infrastructure."
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